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Two VSB Students Selected as Poets & Quants 2019 Best & Brightest Business Majors

Jessica Roberts ’19 VSB

Villanova, PA, April 11, 2019 - Two Villanova School of Business (VSB) students – Jessica Roberts ’19 VSB and Shivani Vora ’19 VSB – were selected as Poets & Quants for Undergrads 2019 Best & Brightest Business Majors. Poets & Quants chose 100 students from around the nation who use their skills to impact business in creative ways and who are poised to be the future leaders of the business world.

Jessica Roberts, from Long Island, New York, is a Marketing major with a minor in Management & Information Systems. She is actively involved on campus in a variety of roles, including as Brand Team Leader for Villanova Marketing Group, a co-chair of recruitment for the Villanova Service Learning Community, and a Local Program Host for Pennsylvania Special Olympics. She has interned with QVC, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, and the Discovery Channel as an advertising sales intern for its Oprah Winfrey Network. She will be working at Johnson & Johnson as a member of their Consumer Customer Development Leadership Program after graduation.

“Jessica brings joy and exuberance to everything she does,” said Stephen Liedtka, PhD, Associate Professor, Accounting & Information Systems. He continued, “She genuinely wants to learn and grow. When she asks how you are doing, you know that she is truly interested in your well-being. She is humble about her successes and sees all difficulties as opportunities. I have never seen Jessica without a smile on her face. Put those qualities together with high-level brainpower, and you’ve got a superstar. We are all so proud of what Jessica has accomplished!”
Shivani Vora ’19 VSB

Shivani Vora, from Wayne, New Jersey, is an Economics, International Business and Honors major with a minor in Business Analytics. She was also named a Forbes Under 30 Scholar in her time at Villanova, while having also received Villanova’s Living our Values and Wildcat awards. She is a Global Leadership Fellow, having spent time abroad in Shanghai, China, and at the University of Cambridge. She has also held positions at Web2Asia in Shanghai and at EY in New York City, and is an incoming analyst with Goldman Sachs in its finance division.

Mary Kelly, PhD, Assistant Professor, Economics, told Poets & Quants

“what makes Shivani stand out is her approach to learning and the pure joy she experiences when she challenges herself to think about the course material in a way that allows her to apply and retain it. More than any other student I have encountered in my more than 20 years of teaching, Shivani is motivated by the love of learning. She is an outstanding student, but, more importantly, she is an outstanding human being.”

“Congratulations to both Jessica and Shivani for being recognized for their incredible accomplishments during their time at VSB,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB. “We are excited to watch their success as they graduate and grow into accomplished business leaders.”

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and its online specialty graduate business programs are ranked #2, and its online MBA program is ranked #13 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit